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Assessed Essay Questions
Reading Week Exercise

With the permission of their authors, I have posted two good answers to an extract question here. They are not quite perfect but they are definitely along the right lines, and especially good for a first attempt: Sample Essay 1 and Sample Essay 2. Here is the past paper they were answering.

Reading Week Exercise: You are invited to do either extract question 8 (Conquest of Granada) or extract question 9 (Love's Last Shift) from the 2017 Past Paper as an unassessed essay to be handed in at the English office (addressed to me) by the end of week 10 (strikes notwithstanding). My advice is that you hand-write it, and that you either do it in 1 hour, 'unseen', or give yourself a short period of preparation (i.e. c. two hours), and then write your answer in an hour. [Please mark on your essay if it is 'unseen'] It doesn't need to be perfect but even just focusing on this kind of task for an hour will make a huge difference in the long run. I will also accept emailed answers.

There are three reasons I have set this:

1. to allow me to check that you are writing in the way you will need to in order to do well in the essay (some of this will be grammatical, some of it content)

2. to get you to start to make connections between the texts so as to make sure you fulfil particularly the second learning outcome for this module, "demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major dramatic trends of the period 1660-1709"

3. (if you are doing the exam) to get you used to answering this kind of question.

Other Resources

Restoration Drama: A Timeline - handout (week 1)

Synopsis of Dryden's Conquest of Granada (week 8)

The Restoration Stage, an extract from J. L. Styan, The English Stage: A History of Drama and Performance (CUP, 1996).


Triage Syllabus (missed weeks)

Revision Mindmaps

Powerpoints etc

Introduction - (week 1)

The Conquest of Granada -- (week 2)

The Rehearsal -- (week 3)

The Rover - (week 4)

All for Love -- (week 5)

The Invention of Sentimental Comedy? - (week 7)

The Way of the World (coming soon) -- (week 8)

The Recruiting Officer -- (week 9)

The Busy Body -- (week 10)

Week 5 Class Extract -- extract from The Busy Body

Venice Preserved -- (2018-19)